News, new releases, events & jobs 6 March

By BeertownNZ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 National

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Zeffer crowdfunding campaign sells out within days

Zeffer Ciders' crowdfunding campaign was fully-subscribed over the weekend, raising $1.2 million. The Snowball Effect campaign attracted 260 pledgers for an average investment of $4615 each. The minimum investment was $1000. Zeffer plans to use the cash injection to move production to Hawke's Bay, buy new tanks, increase domestic sales above its current 1-2% share, and develop markets in Thailand and China.

Harrington's and Cryer Malt raise funds for City Mission

To celebrate a combined half-century as leaders in New Zealand craft brewing, Harrington's Breweries and Cryer Malt collaborated to produce Old Spice spiced ale last year. The brew celebrates each business's 25th Anniversary, and a proportion of all sales will be donated to City Mission. Old Spice is named after the famous aftershave, rumoured to be a key factor in brewer/hotelier John Harrington's famous success with the ladies (he's now taken). The beer itself is brewed using all Cryer malts, with mixed fruit soaked in brandy, mandarins and some lemons to the kettle, finished with allspice and cinnamon in the fermenter. "Old Spice was redeveloped from a recipe brewed 10-12 years ago called Yuletide. This is a smooth drinking spiced ale with a good malt backing." Old Spice is available right now in 500mL bottles, RRP $7.99.


New Releases 

McLeod's Drought Breaker Kölsch with golden kiwi fruit (4.9%) - A Kölsch-style conditioned with kiwifruit, it pours a hazy off-gold with pear, kiwifruit and a hint of evergreen up front. Refreshing with a tart finish and layers of fruity complexity with a soft balanced bitterness.

McLeod's Indian Summer Belgian DIPA (9%) - Golden orange with lacy carbonation. Huge hop-driven aromas of dried tangerine, vanilla & lemon, it's smooth with oily hops and spice on the palate and a body that's silky smooth and finishes dry. Dangerously drinkable!

Almanac Grand Cru Red (10.5%, 2016 Vintage) - Grand Cru Red blends a Flanders Red-style sour ale with California Zinfandel wine grapes, locally grown raspberries and whole vanilla beans to craft something truly unique. We combined the Zinfandel grapes with a special imperial version of our oak-aged Dogpatch Sour ale and finished it with Santa Cruz Mountain raspberries and fragrant vanilla beans in an ex-red wine oak barrel.

Almanac Grand Cru White (10.6%, 2016 Vintage) - Grand Cru White is an ode to our favourite aromatic white wines. We combined California Muscat Blanc grapes with an imperial version of our Farmer’s Reserve sour blonde base and fresh, locally-grown apricots before aging them for over a year in ex-white wine French oak barrels.

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Raspberry Sour Ale (6.8%) - Our version of a Framboise draws inspiration from the farmland in the Santa Cruz mountains, where windswept hills have warm days and cool nights that result in tight, red berries with complex flavours and a ruby red-colour. Combined with our sour blonde ale, the final blend highlights huge fruit flavour and the bounty of Coastal California. 

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Blackberry Sour Ale (7%) - Tart, sweet and complex but guarded by thorny branches, blackberries are an alluring fruit that have been a favourite of ours since we added them to our very first beer. This sour blonde ale is infused with loads of coastal Blackberries from California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and aged in wine barrels until our wild yeasts worked their magic.

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Nectarine Sour Ale (7%) - Is there any pairing more perfect than sour beer and stone fruit? We start with the very best yellow nectarines grown in California, picked at peak ripeness, before adding them to a sour base beer, combining the funky flavours of Brett with a bright acidity to highlight the fruit. The result is a golden hued beer with fruit aromatics jumping off the glass, the last of summer captured in a bottle.

Almanac Mandarina Farmhouse Ale (4.3%) - Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. 

Modern Times City of the Sun IPA (7.5%) - A big, fruity, pungent, sticky, delicious IPA. Mosaic & Motueka give the beer a very fruity hop character, with Simcoe providing enough of a piney backbone to prevent it from going off the deep end. The complex but unobtrusive malt character gives it a medium body and a platform for the saturated hop flavour.

Modern Times Mega Fortunate Islands IPA (8%) - A big brother to MT’s core range release Fortunate Islands'. This imperialised version is packed full with even more Citra and Amarillo hops, to deliver a tropical fruit bomb with flavours of fresh mango and tangerine, plus a 90 IBU hit to your palate.


Events this week

Deep Creek Brewing: Brewing Tips n Tricks - Wednesday, 16 Tun, 20 Jellicoe St, Auckland. Join us to hear some of the best tips and tricks about brewing from Johan Lagercrantz - one of Deep Creek Brewing Co s more experimental brewers. No matter your skill level there will be something for everyone. Just starting out? Come down and ask a few questions! More of a seasoned home brewer and want to take things to the next level? Johans here to help! There will be a good selection of Deep Creek beers on tap so you can try the end product. Register your interest - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 09 368 7712

McLeod's Indian Summer BDIPA & Drought Breaker Kolsch-style - 3pm Thursday, The Beer Spot, 54 Northcote Rd, Takapuna, Auckland. McLeod's is pleased to share two new seasonal brews - Indian Summer Belgian-style DIPA and Drought Breaker Kölsch-style w/golden kiwi fruit

Wellington Wine & Food Festival + Craft Beer - Friday & Saturday, Waitangi Park, Wellington. The Wellington Wine & Food Festival will return again on the 10th & 11th March 2017, back on the Wellington Waterfront

One Fat Panhead BBQ Takeover - Saturday, One Fat Bird, 162 Karori Rd, Karori, Auckland. Our second BBQ of the year and who better than Wellingtons very own Panhead Custom Ales! Straight off the back of Panhead Supercharger taking out NZ Best Beer for the third year running Mike and the team will be here at The Bird having a few beers and some Panhead infused BBQ! Chuck in some Live Music and hopefully some decent weather and we are in for a cracking day of great Beer, Banter and some good times!!

Kegkoura craft beer festival 2017 - Saturday, 140 Highway 1, Kaikoura. Come to Kaikoura and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at this fantastic venue with amazing views of the beautiful Kaikoura coastline. With an awesome selection of craft beers from around New Zealand, great food options and chilled music we hope this will be an event you will come back to year after year. Kaikoura is open for business, and we would love to see you here. There are plenty of accommodation options and other attractions open so why not make a weekend of it. Visit for more details.

Events next week

16 Tun & Sawmill - Locally Sourced - Wednesday 15 March, 16 Tun, 20 Jellicoe St, Auckland. Come down to 16TUN and get a chance to try 5 The Sawmill Brewery beers, including seasonal brews, paired with locally sourced cheese and smoked meats from the Matakana region.

Black Out at Volstead - Friday 17 March, Volstead, 55 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch. You don't have to be a genius to drink good beer. This Saint Patrick's day we have a massive line up of local Stouts, Dunkels, Blacks IPA's and Porters. Beers from 8 Wired, Epic. Moa, Cassels, Eagle, Raindogs, Renaissance, Two Thumb, Emerson's, Tuatara, Emporium, Volstead, Horse Box & Wigram.

Sourfest 2017 - 17-20 March, Malthouse, 48 Courtenay Place Wellington. 

The Funky Weekend - 18-19 March, Funk Estate brewery, 3/402 Great North Rd. Grey Lynn, Auckland. We're having a couple of open days at the Funk Estate Brewery. Come along on both Saturday and Sunday to check out our space, and enjoy some sun(hopefully), beer and food. We'll even have a cheeky band kicking off in the early evenings. 1pm-late both days. See you at the Funky Weekend!

Beer Appreciation Day - 12.30 Saturday 18 March, Duart House, 51 Duart House, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay. Beer Appreciation Day is all about providing an opportunity to sample some great beers and ciders from some of New Zealand's (and the world's!) finest craft breweries. Tickets available here.

Later events

Nelson Beer Week - 18-26 March, various venues, Nelson and Tasman. Nelson Beer Week is a chance for you to explore beyond normal ‘beer experience boundaries’ and sample a wide range of craft beers and beer-matched cuisine not normally available. 

New Zealand Homebrewers Conference - 24-26 March, Founders Park, Nelson

MarchFest Nelson - Saturday 25 March, Founders Park, Nelson

Mountain Ales 2017 - Saturday 1 April, New Plymouth Sports Fishing Club, Ocean View Parade New Plymouth. The third installment of Mountain Ales brings you 10 breweries (almost all new to the festival) and more than 20 beers plus the usual great catering. Get in quick - this event sells out.

Hop'n'Vine Craft Beer Festival - Saturday 1 April, Old Southland Times Building, 67 Esk St, Invercargill. Some of New Zealand’s top craft breweries will be at Hop’n’Vine including Tuatara, Garage Project, EPIC, Liberty, Behemoth, 8 Wired, South Paw, Ground Up and, of course, Invercargill Brewery. Several other guest breweries, Central Otago wines and Zeffer Cider will also feature. Includes a home brew competition and a guest DJ from Auckland.

Craft Beer Fair - Saturday 1 April, Plimmerton School, Porirua. Due to popular demand and unprecedented success Plimmerton School are hosting another Craft Beer Fair!! 11 breweries and a homebrewing competition.

Fresh Hop NZ 2017 - Saturday 22 April, various venues, Auckland

GABS Auckland - 16-17 June, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

Smiths NZIPA Competition - 22-24 June, Smiths Craft Beer House, Queenstown

A Mid-Winter's Ale Festival - Saturday 1 July, Rolleston Community Centre, Christchurch. Showcasing some exciting craft beers and delicious ciders from breweries around Canterbury and the North Island as well as a handpicked selections of beers from overseas. We also have an exciting line up of live entertainment throughout the afternoon plus some awesome food options to match with the amazing line up of beers and ciders. Ticket sales will be available from the 1st of March...

Beervana 2017 - 11-12 August, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Brewers Guild Conference & Trade Show - Friday 6 October, Christchurch

Brewers Guild Gala Dinner (aka BGONZA Night) - Saturday 7 October, Christchurch


Beer jobs

General Manager, Harrington's Brewery, Christchurch

As part of their growth strategy the Board of Directors are seeking a General Manager to lead this organisation and to take overall responsibility for the operational performance and success of Harrington’s Breweries. You will drive senior level decision making and will contribute to the strategic planning and direction of the business. Skills & experience required include:

  • Leadership experience at general management level
  • Reporting to a company board and/or family business exposure
  • Proven ability to drive and execute a strategic plan and deliver results
  • Solid business acumen ideally within the exporting/manufacturing sector

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, commercially savvy leader with the ambition to drive this organisation to reach its strategic goals.  An attractive remuneration package is on offer for the right person.  To apply, please forward your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for further details, a position description or a confidential discussion contact Trudy Harrington on 039290107.

Handyman, Hallertau Brewery, Riverhead, Auckland

General maintenance duties and grounds work around the Hallertau site. Reasonable level of fitness and basic DIY skills required. Flexible work hours and good renumeration. Expressions of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tasting Room Assistant (Casual), Wanaka Beerworks, Wanaka

The role is primarily to assist in covering the tasting room during annual leave and when the Brewery Staff are running events away from the Tasting Room. Therefore availability on weekends and public holidays is essential. The Role suits someone that has excellent customer service skills, has an eye for detail and can be relied upon to maintain the tasting room to a high level of cleanliness and order. Applicants should ideally have some hospitality experience. A Duty Managers Certificate and experience as a Barista would also be beneficial. As you will be promoting our beer and guiding customers through beer tastings, a keen interest in craft beer and brewing would be a distinct advantage. The working hours would typically fall within the 1000 – 1700 period. Please send a covering letter and CV to David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications close on Tuesday 14th March

Head Brewer, Tuatara, Kapiti

A brewing qualification and at least 4 years practical experience commercial brewing is essential. If you have the experience we are looking for and want to play a part in the Tuatara story please send your CV direct to our recruitment partner Julia Palmer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give Julia a call on 027 595 0146 if you need further information.


By BeertownNZ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 National